OMG is all I can say about this deliciousness. I have no idea how I stumbled across this recipe in my “surfing” but when I did I was very intrigued. And curious.

I get the chocolate and cherries but Zucchini?  Seriously?

Seriously.

Not wanting to wait to freeze the milk like the original recipe calls for, I decided to put my own twist on it.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 1.59.03 PMSince I always have frozen bananas in the freezer I decided to add one to make it super “creamy” and I also added Chia seeds instead of the Almond Butter because I am mildly obsessed with Chia Seeds and will put them into almost anything.

I love that this shake is packed with magnesium–both from the cocoa and from the Zucchini–which is required for energy production & helps to reduce the symptoms of PMS.

{As a total aside, as I wrote that I realized that I so rarely have any PMS symptoms, if I experience anything, my energy levels fluctuate very mildly.  That’s a far cry from how my periods used to be–moody for the week prior, exhausted, bloated, cramping, diarrhea–all around not pleasant.  I love Smart Sexy Living! Want to have the same experience?  Don’t believe it can happen for you? Click here to schedule a time where we can talk about whether or not I can help you with that…if I could get better I know you can as well!}

Back to the smoothie….

In addition to magnesium, the cherries help you avoid premature aging and add years to your life.  The bananas help to normalize elimination (if that’s a problem you have) and the chia seeds are rich in Omega-3’s which help to reduce inflammation and leave you feeling satisfied.

There isn’t anything in this smoothie that isn’t Smart or Sexy!

If you’ve been craving a thick, delicious chocolate-y shake, you’ll thank me for this one!  It’s great alone or topped with some Coconut Whipped Cream.

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{Yield 6 cup, which for me would be 2 servings}

INGREDIENTS
2 cups rice or coconut milk
1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
2 cups frozen sweet cherries
1 medium frozen banana
¼ cup cocoa powder (I use Rapunzel’s Organic)
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
4 dates, pitted

Coconut Cream & Cherries for topping

Combine all ingredients (except coconut cream) in a Vita-mix or high-speed blender until smooth.

Top with a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream and Cherry.  Enjoy!

**Note** Since taking an IgG test and learning that I can’t do bananas I’ve made this with avocado instead of banana and it’s just as delicious.